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Project Deliverance

December 19th, 2012 Permalink

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Carol Martin, 21, of Detroit spits saliva and vomits to a bucket as she lies on the ground screaming and wailing after getting into a trans or “deliverance” during a Thursday night service at the Triumph Prophetic Worship Glory and Deliverance Center in Detroit. Thursday, December 6, 2012. Photo by Marcin Szczepanski

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Cheniah Houston, 4, sits on the lap of Minister Karim Moore from the Londen Winters Ministries, Healing, Miracels and Deliverance Ministries during a Thursday night service at the Triumph Prophetic Worship Glory and Deliverance Center in Detroit. Prophetess Brenda Faison is the left and Apostle Londen Winters is on the right. Thursday, December 6, 2012 Photo by Marcin Szczepanski

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Bill Pye of Plymouth gets the devil chased away from his body, according to the pastor. Pye hopes to cleanse his body of nicotine addiction during a Thursday night service at the Triumph Prophetic Worship Glory and Deliverance Center in Detroit. Thursday, December 6, 2012. Photo by Marcin Szczepanski

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Wayne State University medical student Usama Khalid (right) talks to a local resident Orlando Benjamin who hopes to get a physical exam that would confirm his fiitness for a contruction job he is applying for. Benjamin turned out to be healthy but his blood sugar is high. HUDA, free health care clinic in Detroit. HUDA clinic is located within the Muslim Center of Detroit on Davison Avenue. HUDA first opened its doors in May 2004 to serve the uninsured population of the Detroit area. The clinic was opened on initial funds gathered by the Muslim Community of greater Detroit Area. HUDA's medical services include outpatient health assessments, blood pressure screening, cholesterol monitoring, diabetes screening, general eye exams, prostate cancer screening and breast exams. Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 2011. Photo by Marcin Szczepanski

Dr. Amtul Bandagi examines Steve Witherell who complains of migranes and back ache after a workplace accident years ago. He has no health insurance and his only hope to getting worker's comp or at least Medicaid. Until then, he relies on free health care clinics like HUDA, in Detroit. HUDA clinic is located within the Muslim Center of Detroit on Davison Avenue. HUDA first opened its doors in May 2004 to serve the uninsured population of the Detroit area. The clinic was opened on initial funds gathered by the Muslim Community of greater Detroit Area. HUDA's medical services include outpatient health assessments, blood pressure screening, cholesterol monitoring, diabetes screening, general eye exams, prostate cancer screening and breast exams. Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 2011. Photo by Marcin Szczepanski

Bengali speaking doctor Laila Amin examines local resident Shaton Malone who complains of leg problems at HUDA, free health care clinic in Detroit. HUDA clinic is located within the Muslim Center of Detroit on Davison Avenue. HUDA first opened its doors in May 2004 to serve the uninsured population of the Detroit area. The clinic was opened on initial funds gathered by the Muslim Community of greater Detroit Area. HUDA's medical services include outpatient health assessments, blood pressure screening, cholesterol monitoring, diabetes screening, general eye exams, prostate cancer screening and breast exams. Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 2011. Photo by Marcin Szczepanski

Nurse Karem Mealing (second left) talks to patients who keep pouring in despite lack of space into HUDA, free health care clinic in Detroit. HUDA clinic is located within the Muslim Center of Detroit on Davison Avenue. HUDA first opened its doors in May 2004 to serve the uninsured population of the Detroit area. The clinic was opened on initial funds gathered by the Muslim Community of greater Detroit Area. HUDA's medical services include outpatient health assessments, blood pressure screening, cholesterol monitoring, diabetes screening, general eye exams, prostate cancer screening and breast exams. Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 2011. Photo by Marcin Szczepanski

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African American Muslim women carefully pour freshly cooked food into containers to be served to local residents at a soup kitchen at the Muslim Center of Detroit. They are proud of the tasty meals that they make from scratch. From left are Catherine Ziyad (kitchen manager), Nurah Petross, Ebony Steele, Ayishiah Ramzah and Fatima Markham. The soup kitchen in the building on Davison Avenue is open every Saturday for lunch. Detroit, MI. Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. Photo by Marcin Szczepanski


Laughter and jokes abound in the kitchen of the Muslim Center of Detroit where African American Muslim women cook lunch for the local residents to be served at a soup kitchen at the Muslim Center of Detroit. From left are Mikiail Hakim, Fatima Markham and Ayishiah Ramzah . The soup kitchen in the building on Davison Avenue in Detroit is open every Saturday for lunch. Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. Photo by Marcin Szczepanski


Ayishiah Ramzah stirs a pot in the kitchen of the he Muslim Center of Detroit. African American Muslim women are proud of the tasty meals they make from scratch and serve to local residents at a soup kitchen at the Muslim Center of Detroit. The soup kitchen in the building on Davison Avenue is open every Saturday for lunch. Detroit, MI. Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. Photo by Marcin Szczepanski


On a first Saturday after Thanksgiving, mosque members serve warm meals at the soup kitchen of the Muslim Center of Detroit. The soup kitchen in the building on Davison Avenue in Detroit is open every Saturday for lunch. Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. Photo by Marcin Szczepanski


Fatima Markham stirs a pot of pasta. Laughter and jokes abound in the kitchen of the Muslim Center of Detroit where African American Muslim women cook lunch for the local residents to be served at a soup kitchen at the Muslim Center of Detroit. The soup kitchen in the building on Davison Avenue in Detroit is open every Saturday for lunch. Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. Photo by Marcin Szczepanski


On a first Saturday after Thanksgiving, Mikiail Hakim serves warm lunch meal to Keisha Williams (right) as her neighbors Derek Dean (center) and Tony Jones look on at the soup kitchen of the Muslim Center of Detroit. It's where African American Muslim women cook lunch for the local residents to be served at a soup kitchen at the Muslim Center of Detroit. The soup kitchen in the building on Davison Avenue in Detroit is open every Saturday for lunch. Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. Photo by Marcin Szczepanski

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Dr. Ahmer Rehman (first left) discusses the case of patient Herman Whiters (first right) with a student intern Emman Dabaja from the University of Michigan while checking Whiters' blood pressure at the HUDA clinic. Rehman and Dabaja volunteer at the free health care clinic in Detroit. HUDA clinic is located within the Muslim Center of Detroit on Davison Avenue. HUDA first opened its doors in May 2004 to serve the uninsured population of the Detroit area. The clinic was opened on initial funds gathered by the Muslim Community of greater Detroit Area. HUDA's medical services include outpatient health assessments, blood pressure screening, cholesterol monitoring, diabetes screening, general eye exams, prostate cancer screening and breast exams. Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. Photo by Marcin Szczepanski


Bengali speaking doctor Laila Amin (first left) greets her next patients Bangladeshi immigrants Shapna Begum and her motehr in law Saira Khanom in the waiting room of the HUDA clinic. Khanom came to the free health care clinic HUDA in Detroit after complaining of a chest pain. Her family has few other health care options available to them. Bangladeshi community in Hamtramck are thrilled to have doctor Laila Amin volunteer at the free HUDA clinic. Photo by Marcin Szczepanski


Bangladeshi migrant Saira Khanom came to the free health care clinic HUDA in Detroit after complaining of a chest pain. Her family has few other health care options available to them. Bangladeshi community in Hamtramck are thrilled to have a Bengali speaking doctor Laila Amin (right) at the free HUDA clinic. Photo by Marcin Szczepanski


Patient and local resident Melissa Keith is having her sugar level tested at HUDA, free health care clinic in Detroit. Photo by Marcin Szczepanski


Dr. Ahmer Rehman (second right) is talking to a student intern Emman Dabaja from the University of Michigan in between patient examinations in the office part of the HUDA clinic. Rehman and Dabaja volunteer at the free health care clinic in Detroit. Photo by Marcin Szczepanski


Doctor Laila Amin examines Bangladeshi migrant Saira Khanom who came to the free health care clinic HUDA in Detroit after complaining of a chest pain. Her family has few other health care options available to them. Bangladeshi community in Hamtramck are thrilled to have a Bengali speaking doctor Laila Amin at the free HUDA clinic. Photo by Marcin Szczepanski


Bangladeshi migrant Shapna Begum (left) waits for a doctor who momentarily stepped out of the room as Begum's step mother Saira Khanom lies on the examination table at the HUDA clinic. Saira Khanom came to the free health care clinic HUDA in Detroit after complaining of a chest pain. Her family has few other health care options available to them. Bangladeshi community in Hamtramck are thrilled to have a Bengali speaking doctor Laila Amin volunteer at the clinic. Photo by Marcin Szczepanski

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Ngarrindjeri kids in Raukkan play on the playground that would have looked totally in place anywhere in the US or Australia. Statistically speaking, a lot of these kids will turn into troubled teenagers 10 years from now. Job opportunities are few and alcohol and drug abuse are widespread in Aboriginal communities in Australia. Yet, despite these challenges, some of the kids in the community will grow going to college and finding a place for themselves in this global world.

Aboriginal child peeks through the hole in a slide in the Aboriginal community of Raukkan in rural South Australia.

Teenage girls play the game of netball on the court in Raukkan. Netball is a version of basketball.

A group of Ngarrindjeri man passes time playing basketball during a break in a gardening workshop that they helped organize in a former elementary school building in Narrung, a nearby town.

Dawn Kaye Kuchel,  a white Australian who lives in an aboriginal community, chats with neighborhood kids who came to visit her on her porch area on a sunny October afternoon in 2011. One of the kids plays with a feather of a pelican. The birds are popular in this coastal part of South Australia and play an important role in Ngarrindjeri culture. Dawn and her husband Paul are the only whites in this closely-knit community.

Feathers dry on the cloth line in the back of Camp Coorong, a tourist and student oriented educational  Aboriginal institute and museum run by Ngarrindjeri, South Australian Aboriginal nation.

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Susan Matthews Myers, 47, of Midland, Mich., specializes in bleaching, styling and curling the hair and beards of Santa Clauses in her remote farm based hair dressing salon in Midland. Here, Roger Williams, 55, gets his hair lightened and trimmed before the Christmas to better play the role of Santa Claus for his grandkids and students at his wife's school. Friday, December 3, 2010. Midland, MI.

Susan Matthews Myers, 47, of Midland, Mich., specializes in bleaching, styling and curling the hair and beards of Santa Clauses in her remote farm based hair dressing salon in Midland. Here, Roger Williams, 55, gets his hair lightened and trimmed before the Christmas to better play the role of Santa Claus for his grandkids and students at his wife's school. Friday, December 3, 2010. Midland, MI.

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America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit

November 26th, 2010 Permalink

These guys were my favorite. :) .

Sue Berlin, 55, of Fraser is dressed up as a flower as she walks down Woodward Ave. during America's Thanksgiving Parade on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010, in Detroit. Marcin Szczepanski/Detroit Free Press

Big Head Corps characters make their way down Woodward Ave. during America's Thanksgiving Parade on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010, in Detroit.

These guys were my favorite. :)

Fred Hill's Briefcase Drill Team of Plymouth, MI members make their way down Woodward Ave. during America's Thanksgiving Parade on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010, in Detroit.

Captain Underpants balloon is pulled down Woodward Ave. during America's Thanksgiving Parade on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010, in Detroit.

Johnita Abbott, 19, of Detroit (center) catches beads hurled by a clown on Woodward Ave. during America's Thanksgiving Parade on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010, in Detroit.

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Surviving in Detroit – the fire pits

November 26th, 2010 Permalink

With the winter approaching, Detroiters living on the streets burn wood in makeshift fire pits to stay semi warm. .

With the winter approaching, Detroiters living on the streets burn wood in makeshift fire pits to stay semi warm.

Jackie, a homeless woman warms up her hands from a firepit in a barrel near 3rd Street and Martin Luther King in Detroit. Wednesday, November 24, 2010.

Man known on the streets as Papa Smerf adds wood to a firepit in front of a shackle near Chene St. and Ferry St. in Detroit. With colder weather, homeless folks start to burn fires to stay work. Tuesday, November 23, 2010.

Jackie, a homeless woman warms up her hands from a firepit in a barrel near 3rd Street and Martin Luther King in Detroit. Jackie's 4 kids stay with her mother between 6th and 7th mile in Detroit. Wednesday, November 24, 2010.

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Surviving in Detroit – an ongoing series

November 26th, 2010 Permalink

I was struck by the surrealism of the scene. .

I was struck by the surrealism of the scene.

A tree has crashed a boat parked on dry land near the corner of Sylvester and Mount Elliot Sts. in Detroit. Someone has cut off the branches blocking the street but left the tree squashing the boat. November 17, 2010.

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